Daniel Wallach is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar, and is AV-Rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale-Hubbell. He has significant appellate law experience, and has practiced before a number of appellate tribunals, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida district courts of appeal. Mr. Wallach has handled appeals involving a broad range of subject matters, including constitutional law, campaign finance, civil rights, religious freedom, land use and zoning, employment law, and intellectual property rights. He played a pivotal role in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Florida’s ban on judges and judicial candidates personally soliciting campaign contributions. In that case, Mr. Wallach represented three retired chief justices of the Florida Supreme Court (Harry Lee Anstead, Major Harding, and Stephen Grimes) and four former Florida Bar presidents. In addition to his burgeoning appellate practice, Mr. Wallach handles complex federal litigation at the trial court level, where he has developed a niche handling cases involving the federal civil rights statutes, the First Amendment, and intellectual property laws (including copyrights, trademarks and patents).
Mr. Wallach is also a nationally recognized authority on gaming law and sports law, and has counseled professional sports teams, fantasy sports operators, racetracks, racinos, equipment manufacturers, and other gaming industry participants on a wide spectrum of gaming-related matters. He is one of the leading voices in the emerging area of sports gambling law, and is frequently quoted for his insights on gaming and sports legal issues in media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newark-Star Ledger, Bergen Record, and Asbury Park Press. Mr. Wallach is also well-versed in all aspects of Florida’s gaming laws, including the laws and rules governing pari-mutuel wagering, simulcast and intertrack wagering, slot machines, poker tournaments, game promotions, contests, sweepstakes, and fantasy sports. Mr. Wallach has been described as a “gaming law guru” by Michael McCann, the legal analyst for Sports Illustrated, and as a “nationally recognized authority in gaming and sports law” by the Asbury Park Press. His insights on the U.S. gaming industry regularly appear in GamblingCompliance, the leading provider of business intelligence to the global gaming industry. Mr. Wallach is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), the preeminent global gambling law networking and educational organization shaping the future of gaming law. The IMGL is an invitation-only organization for attorneys who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated performance and publishing in gaming law, significant gaming clientele and substantial participation in the gaming industry.
Mr. Wallach has written extensively about New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports wagering and on the daily fantasy sports industry, and is considered one of the national thought-leaders on these subjects and on the legalization of sports betting generally. He is a frequent participant and lecturer at gambling industry conferences, sports law symposiums and law schools nationwide. Mr. Wallach has spoken on panels at the Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference, the Southern Gaming Summit, the Indian Country Online Gaming Congress, the International Masters of Gaming Law Spring Conference, the Florida Gaming Congress, Duke University School of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Florida University Levin College of Law, Albany Law School, NSU Shephard Broad Law Center, NKU Chase College of Law, and the Charleston School of Law. He has given several presentations to the National Conference of Legislators from Gaming States, and has been a guest-lecturer at the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies and the Fordham University School of Business. Mr. Wallach also delivered the opening remarks at the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting program entitled “Game-Changer: The States’ Big Gamble on Legalized Sports Betting,” featuring former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson and Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann. Mr. Wallach organized this event and prepared all of the written program materials. The ABA selected this event as one of its “showcase” programs for the 2014 Annual Meeting.
Since 2014, Mr. Wallach has been the Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Mr. Wallach is an active member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
Prior to joining the firm in December 2000, Mr. Wallach gained significant litigation and trial experience with a New York prominent litigation boutique, where his clients included Donald Trump, Carl Icahn, Bob Arum, and several professional boxers, including former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez. Mr. Wallach was part of the legal team (which included Jay Goldberg and Judd Burstein) that successfully defended Mr. Chavez in a contractual dispute with legendary boxing promoter, Don King, who sought to enjoin Mr. Chavez from fighting Oscar De La Hoya for the world welterweight championship.
Mr. Wallach began his legal career as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jacob Mishler, a federal district court judge and the former chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Upon the conclusion of his one-year clerkship, Mr. Wallach joined the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he was a member of the Business and Securities Litigation Department (which, at the time, was the nation’s largest law firm practice group devoted exclusively to the practice of federal securities litigation). While there, Mr. Wallach worked on a wide range of cases arising under the federal securities laws, including class action and derivative action lawsuits filed against issuers and underwriters of securities, and authored or co-authored several articles.